Early fall decor sales

It’s finally August, meaning it’s less than one month until we fall enthusiasts get the green light to transform our living spaces! Not only did I not get to participate last fall because we were packing and moving, but I have a brand new space in which to play this year. I CANNOT WAIT TO…

Savory Pumpkin Soup

While pumpkin soup is something I typically reserve for autumn and Thanksgiving, I was craving it the other day. But this is not your grandma’s strangely sweet yet weirdly bland pumpkin soup. My recipe is different than most, as I omit all the traditional sweeter spices. No ginger, no cinnamon, no nutmeg. I’m after a…

Apple crisp cookie cups

It’s officially autumn, which means it’s baking season around here! ((squeal of delight)) I knew I wanted to make something with apples. Since my husband loves apple crisp and cookies, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this Pinterest recipe. The base cookie is slightly different than the oatmeal cookies I’m accustomed to, but that’s not…

Fall is in the air

Autumn is slowly creeping up on Seattle, which means it’s slowly making its appearance throughout our house. Decorating for fall is one of my favorite pastimes, mostly because it means it’s only a few more months until Christmas!

Our Thanksgiving table

I absolutely love tablescapes! However, I’m not so good at all those formal dining rules. This fork here, this plate there. I’m just too impatient for that, and who wants to do extra dishes afterward? As a result, we’re pretty informal around here. Informal but pretty. White dishes, placemats: Pier 1 Imports Centerpiece parts, chargers:…

Pumpkin pie with mascarpone whipped cream

As I usually do, the filling of my first scratch-made pumpkin pie is the result of researching multiple highly-rated recipes online and coming up with my own final version. Mine doesn’t include cloves and substitutes a bit of brown sugar for the traditional white. My favorite part? Doing the leaf design on top! To make them, I…

Slow cooker applesauce

Applesauce is one of those recipes you don’t realize the ease of until you try it. And when you toss it all in the slow cooker, it gets even easier. The most time-consuming part is preparing the apples, but if you have one of these handy-dandy gadgets, even that part is easy! I think homemade…

Frosted pumpkin cookies

This is the result of combining two recipes on a whim, and the combination has become one of my favorite parts of fall. The cookie itself is soft, almost cake-like. And the frosting is pretty much life. Both dough and frosting freeze well, in case, like me, you get a hankering for pumpkin cookies in…

Cranberry preserves

I make a batch of these cranberries every November. A little goes a long way, and one recipe makes enough to get me through all my Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, plus a few half-pint jars given to friends. Word to the wise: it’s not Cranberry Sauce, it’s more like a jam. Use sparingly, added to…